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NASA: Warming Climate Likely Means More Floods, Droughts

Friday, May 03, 2013

The Earth's wettest regions are likely to get wetter while the most arid will get drier due to warming of the atmosphere caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, according to a new NASA analysis of more than a dozen climate models.

Scientists ran simulations of 14 different models, starting ...

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Iowa Court: List Both Same-Sex Parents On Birth Certificates

Friday, May 03, 2013

Iowa's Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the state's health department must include the names of both same-sex spouses as parents on a child's birth certificate.

The ruling stems from a challenge brought by Heather and Melissa Gartner of Des Moines, following the Iowa Department of Public Health's refusal ...

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Murder Trial Of Alleged Neo-Nazi Has Germans On Edge

Friday, May 03, 2013

The trial in Munich of an alleged neo-Nazi woman accused as an accomplice in a string of murders of mostly ethnic Turks is, as The Associated Press writes, "forcing Germans to confront painful truths about racism and the broader treatment of immigrants in society."

Last month, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi ...

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Bangladesh Fears Exodus Of Western Retailers

Friday, May 03, 2013

The Walt Disney Co.'s decision to end its apparel production in Bangladesh after more than 500 people died in the collapse of a garment factory complex has sparked fears of a mass exodus of Western retailers.

According to The New York Times, "Mohammad Fazlul Azim, a member of ...

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Kazakhstan Says It's Cooperating In Marathon Bombing Case

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The government of Kazakhstan says it's cooperating with U.S. officials in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings, a day after two men from the Central Asian country were charged in connection with the blasts that killed three people and wounded more than 250.

"As we have repeatedly stressed, Kazakhstan ...

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Navy Launches Its First Drone Squadron

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The U.S. Navy is inaugurating its first squadron that mixes advanced unmanned drones with conventional aircraft.

The maritime strike squadron, nicknamed the "Magicians," will be officially launched at the Naval Air Station North Island on Coronado, near San Diego.

Along with eight manned helicopters, the squadron will include a number ...

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Massive Spire Lifted To Top Of New World Trade Center Building

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Construction workers applauded Thursday as a crane raised the flag-draped spire of One World Trade Center to the top of the skyscraper.

When they install the spire at a later date, it will cap the structure at a symbolic 1,776 feet. The Port Authority says the spire, which acts as ...

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It's A 'Tale Of Two Popes' As Benedict Returns To Vatican

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI moved back to the Vatican and his new retirement residence Thursday, where he will live side by side with the reigning pontiff, Pope Francis.

The arrangement makes history because Benedict, 86, is the first pope to voluntarily step down as head of the Roman Catholic Church ...

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North Korea Sentences U.S. Citizen To 15 Years Hard Labor

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Update at 4:05 p.m. ET:

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell raised concerns about the lack of transparency in Kenneth Bae's trial and urged North Korea to him "amnesty and immediate release."

NPR's Michele Kelemen reports that Ventrell wouldn't say whether the U.S. was considering sending a high-level envoy to Pyongyang ...

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Justice: Prison Compassionate Release Programs Inconsistent

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

"Compassionate release" programs that free inmates with terminal illnesses and limited life expectancies are poorly run and lack clear standards, the Department of Justice's inspector general said on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports:

"The investigator's office found that in a study of 206 such requests from 2006 through ...

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Don't Miss The Premiere Of The World's Smallest Movie

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

If only there was an Oscar for "Smallest Movie," a group of IBM nanophysicists would be a shoo-in with their new one-minute stop-motion video starring 130 atoms.

A Boy and His Atom, which debuts Wednesday, has already been certified by the Guinness folks as the "world's smallest movie."

While ...

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NASA Details Space Telescope's Cosmic Near Miss

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

A new video reveals just how close NASA came last year to losing its $500 million Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in a narrowly averted collision with a defunct, Cold War-era Soviet spy satellite.

On March 29, 2012, Julie McEnery, the project scientist for Fermi, received an automatically generated email ...

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Pakistani Army Chief Unhappy Over Treatment Of Musharraf

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The army chief in Pakistan, a country with a long history of military coups, has hinted that he's unhappy with the detention of former President and ex-General Pervez Musharraf.

Reuters quotes Gen. Ashfaq Kayani in what Pakistani newspapers described as a veiled reference to the legal troubles dogging Musharraf, ...

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Pew Study: Many Muslims Believe In Mixing Mosque And State

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Most Muslims around the globe tend to be deeply committed to their faith and believe that it should shape not only their personal lives, but the societies they live in, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center (PDF).

Pew's face-to-face survey of more than 38,000 Muslims, ...

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No More Politics For Pakistan's Musharraf, Court Orders

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been banned for life from running for political office, a high court ruled on Tuesday.

The move by the Peshawar High Court appears to end the possibility that Musharraf, who returned to the country last month after four years in self-imposed exile, will ...

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Cyprus Passes Tough Financial Bailout Package

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lawmakers in Cyprus approved a controversial $13 billion bailout from international lenders that's aimed at keeping the country from a messy default and withdrawal from the eurozone.

The agreement, which totals $30 billion when Cyprus' own contributions are included, passed 29-27 in the 56-seat Parliament.

The ruling center-right Democratic Rally ...

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NBA Player Jason Collins Could Snag Endorsements, Speaking Gigs

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

For Jason Collins, coming out just might prove a winning career strategy.

Before this week, the NBA center seemed like just another second-tier professional athlete, slouching toward retirement while still in his 30s. But all that changed overnight when Collins acknowledged he was gay in an interview with Sports ...

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New Arizona Law: Guns From Buybacks Can't Be Destroyed

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cities in Arizona that conduct buyback programs to get guns off the street will now be required to re-sell those weapons, according to a new law signed by the governor.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed the legislation late Monday "preventing local governments from melting down the weapons obtained from these popular ...

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Bombing In Syrian Capital Kills More Than A Dozen People

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Syrian state TV is reporting that a bomb blast in Damascus has killed at least 13 people, a day after the country's prime minister narrowly escaped a car bomb.

The Associated Press reports:

"The bombings appear to be part of an accelerated campaign by opposition forces seeking to ...

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Iceland Elects Three Pirate Party MPs

Monday, April 29, 2013

Iceland has become the first country to elect members of parliament from the Pirate Party — an international online freedom movement.

Three Pirate Party MPs will take seats following historic polls in Iceland that saw a new coalition come to power on a promise of easing economic austerity measures.

According ...

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